Intruder in the Dust
Intruder in the Dust (1949)

Intruder in the Dust is one of the best of Hollywood's postwar "racial tolerance" cycle--a cycle that would come to an abrupt end in the politically paranoid 1950s. Based on a novel by William Faulkner, the film takes place in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 22, 1949
DVD Release Date: April 28, 1993
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L.A. Weekly

Denis' film -- which may be her most intricately constructed and intensely beautiful to date -- is one that transcends words and stories, a movie to be felt rather than rationalized.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A brilliantly accomplished "racial bias" cycle film of the 1940s.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Powerhouse mix of racial drama and mystery, vividly shot on location in Mississippi.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Paula Deen apologists, take note: This MGM adaptation of Faulkner's novel demonstrates that the N-word was recognized as ugly and hurtful even in 1949 -- even in Mississippi, where it certainly was heard with some frequency.

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